The Cultivation of Scientific Ideas in a Student-centered Environment

By Irena Hysi and Orion Ciftja.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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Educators in higher learning institutions face a difficult task on challenging students to understand science and making the learning process another face of a creative and imaginative process. One way to transform the old and rigid teaching methods of scientific laws and theories is to use the laboratories to unleash the creative power of the students in a student-centered environment. By recognizing the power of free thinking and encouraging students to make their own assumptions about a certain scientific topic, we open them to several alternatives and let them discover that science is another face of artistry with more in common than they thought possible. In this approach we start with wide range hypothesis without putting undue emphasis on details or even accuracy at the beginning. Then we challenge the students to slowly narrow the focus of their imagination from what is wishful, to what is possible and finally what is realistic thinking. At that stage we introduce several pointers to steer the process toward a hunt for the scientific truth and make the last jump in a full circle process that finally brings the seriousness of old scientific methods in display. This approach provides a solid basis to cultivate scientific ideas and entices students to further explore the world of science.

Keywords: Science Pedagogy, Student-centered Environment, Teaching Methods

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.195-200. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.600MB).

Irena Hysi

Lone Star College, Tomball, Texas 77375, USA

Dr. Orion Ciftja

Department of Physics, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas 77446, USA